The pitfalls of using gendered terminology in fitness

March 6, 2018

When I first began powerlifting I was told I had to use the 20-kilogram bar for competition.

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with bar sizes, in most Olympic weightlifting gyms there are two bars, the 15-kilogram bar and the 20-kilogram bar (roughly 35 and 45 pounds respectively). Women typically use the 15-kilogram bar for the clean and jerk and the snatch because, typically, they have smaller hands making it easier to grip the smaller circumference of the bar.

 

Because of this generalization, the 15-kilogram bar is often called the female bar. Herein lies my issue.

 

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